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What the hell have I been doing this (academic) year?
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Thursday, March 09, 2006
found this on digg
I guess I should not be surprised that there is software to help you ferret out cheaters. The article amazes me. The italics are mine.
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA | Thursday March 9, 2006
Mount Saint Vincent University has turned off Turnitin.com.<snip>
"It’s an absolute win for us, and I’m thrilled that our senate is willing to recognize the issues that students have raised," student union president Chantal Brushett, one of four student members of the university’s senate, said Tuesday in an interview.<snip>
Turnitin.com is an Internet-based subscription service that professors and others use to root out whether students’ papers contain material copped from other sources without giving proper credit. It maintains a database of millions of essays and compares submitted papers not only against those but also against websites and other published works.<snip>
The Dal student union plans to ask administrators to allow students to opt out of the service. President Ezra Edelstein said his members share some of the concerns of Mount students and are also troubled about privacy and copyright issues.The privacy and intellectual ownership issue is important. I don't, however, follow the argument that using the software assumes guilt. If someone is not plagiarizing, then absent privacy and intellectual ownership issues, why would they care?
I also wonder the effect this might have on the school's reputation. I honestly don't know.
I bet that Ms. Brushett has never taught a class of 120 students who write papers. And 15% of students cheat. Wow. Just wow.
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